For the first time, the nation’s largest gathering of foundations is hosting a games theme! On Monday, I’m thrilled to join the program for a “hands-on games innovation” session to help funders learn more about games by actually designing them. I’ll be joined by Tracy Fullerton and Susana Ruiz of USC. Thanks to Mayur Patel of Knight, Michelle Byrd of Games for Change (see their related blog post), and Pamela Harris of GFEM and many others for helping organize the sessions, and the impressive demos.
Here’s our session description:
Hands on Innovation: Game Theory and Mechanics for Social Impact (Monday, April 30 – 1-2:30 p.m.)
Join top practitioners in game development for a deep dive into the world of games for social good. Gain knowledge of game theory and practice and learn how games are being used to address urgent issues—from human rights and immigration to sustainable agriculture and community development.
Presenters: Tracy Fullerton, Associate Professor, USC Interactive Media Division; Susana Ruiz, Cofounder, Take Action Games and PhD Candidate, USC Media Arts + Practice; Benjamin Stokes, Researcher/PhD Student, USC Annenberg School for Communication
Session Designers: Michelle Byrd, Co-President, Games for Change; Pamela Harris, Former Managing Director, Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media